Marine Radio Operator's Course

The Marine Radio Course teaches essential knowledge for yachties looking to expand their skill set. A Radio Operators License is required for offshore racing, chartering and to obtain the RYA Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate.

A Marine Radio licence is a useful addition to your repertoire as a sailor, and our Marine Radio course includes operations of VHFDSC (Short Range) Radio communications as well as HF DSC (Long Range) Radio communications. This course can be taken in order to meet the requirements of your RYA Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster certificate, or NSCV Master Class V (TDM ME501A). If you’re looking to sail overseas a radio certificate is indispensable for safety reasons, also many countries demand that one person aboard a yacht has a radio license particularity in Europe where you will also need an international Certificate of Competence (ICC). Under ISAF rules at least 2 crew members aboard racing yachts are required to have a radio license.

Marine Radio Course Syllabus

  • Marine radio licensing requirements
  • Routine operating procedures
  • Distress, urgency and safety communications
  • Digital select calling
  • Public correspondence
  • Practical use of VHF radio
  • Emergency Position Indicating Beacons (EPIRBS)
  • Search and rescue in Australia
  • International requirements regarding usage
  • INMARSAT systems and Sailmail

Marine Radio course Inclusions

You will be provided with a copy of extensive course notes on arrival or you can read the Radio Operators Handbook and go through the sample exam revision questions on line prior to the course at There is a test at the end of the day that is marked externally before your certificate can be issued, a process which can take up to 2 weeks. This course is held at Mosman, near the ferry jetty and run by instructors from OMTC. It is a requirement to supply identification (such as a driver’s licence, passport or medicare card) and a USI number for this course. Please go to to create this. The course runs for 1 day from 9am-5:30pm for a cost of $350.

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